Josh Cephas of SNU taken by the San Diego Padres in the 34th round of the MLB Draft

Josh Cephas of SNU taken by the San Diego Padres in the 34th round of the MLB Draft

     (BETHANY, OKLA.)---Southern Nazarene University senior pitcher, Josh Cephas, was drafted in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft on Thursday, June 11, by the San Diego Padres. Cephas joins teammate, Matt Morgal, as Major League draftees this season for Southern Nazarene.  Morgal, also a senior pitcher, was taken in the 13th-round of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday by the Toronto Blue Jays. 

SNU's Josh Cephas was taken by the San Diego Padres in the 34th round of Thursday's MLB Draft (Photo by Sarah Privott, SNU Sports Information)

Cephas becomes the 5th player in SNU baseball history to be drafted in the MLB draft.  Cephas also becomes the 13th player at Southern Nazarene to sign a professional baseball contract.  Cephas was the 1,014th pick in this year’s draft. 

Cephas, a senior pitcher from Berkley, California, spent two seasons at Southern Nazarene, combining for a record of 8-7 in two years on the mound.  This year, Cephas was 5-2 with a 4.14 ERA and finished the season with 69 strikeouts to only 14 walks in 45.2 innings of work.  Cephas also had a team high five saves and made 20 appearances during the year.  For his career, Cephas finished with 118 strikeouts to only 39 walks in 109.1 innings of work and had a 5.52 ERA.  

SNU finished with a final record of 37-15 and a 19-11 mark in the Sooner Athletic Conference.  The Crimson Storm made the program’s first appearance in the NAIA National Tournament, earning a spot in the NAIA Opening Round.